If Only This Were a Joke

This is worse
than the worst horror movie
he joked
and I agreed
applying concealer to dark circles
tugging sleeves over fresh bruises
this morning’s assault
only the most recent
in the unrelenting beat
of ghouls on ever-nasty parade
eliciting confessions
from survivors

Happy November! This is poem number ONE of 30 Poems in November to benefit the Center for New Americans. After taking last year off, and especially considering the ugly shenanigans of the current administration against immigrants here in the good ole USA, I am committing to this fundraiser once again this year.

AND! *drum roll* Both of my amazing kids are committing to completing 30 drawings in November! What?! This was their idea, and I am totally inspired. They have created a list of themes for each day to prompt and inspire drawing and writing. Today’s theme is (you guessed it) HALLOWEEN.

Most importantly, you can sponsor this mayhem with a donation of any amount. Enough is enough with the hate and vitriol--we will spread some love instead and help people to feel welcome and appreciated.

Thank you, friends. We can do this!